Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Flapping my flippers

I did make an attempt to keep up to a daily word count, but work-in-progress is back on hold again. I'm much too busy and excited about being less than four weeks away from publication of 'The Dark Threads'. I'm getting silly and going on to every two minutes to check my amazon ranking for pre-publication sales (figures which probably don't mean a thing).

I went to hear Clare Allan talk at the Hull Literature Festival. I don't think I could give as good a talk as she did.

I've just been doing the final check on the proofs before my book goes for printing. My article has appeared in Openmind, the national mental health magazine of Mind, and also a review by Dorothy Rowe in that issue. The Sunday Times will be running the feature soon from my interview with them. Meanwhile, my publishers are trying to get more national coverage. In a couple of weeks I've got an interview with a local paper. I need to sort out about doing some talks.

It's all go at the moment. I feel I've got too much to do and not enough time to do it. (So why, then, do I still keep messing about on facebook?).

An elderly friend tells me how in the past, authors weren't expected to do anything in the way of book promotion. It was their job to just write. How wonderful! Now it seems (as I remember once reading on Lorna's Literascribe blog) that authors are expected to "flap their flippers and balance a ball on their nose." Ooops! There goes my ball again.


Karen said...

There does seem to be much more to it than just writing doesn't there? Still, how exciting.

I'll be ordering a copy of your book :o)

Jean said...

Thank you, Karen. Oooh, it's all getting exciting and scary now.